Episode #82 – Let It Snow

By Kirk on December 8, 2017

As winter closes in, and the holiday season approaches, we discuss the strange ritual of listening to Christmas music for just one month a year.

There’s got to be a German word for this. It’s that feeling, that first second, when you heard Jingle Bells in the middle of summer.

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  • Christmas music can easily be repurposed. A girlfriend and I wrote the following for a musical version of “A Tale of Two Cities”:

    “Oh, we’re hanging an émigré, ’til he’s practically dead and he swoons.
    Then we’ll cut of his arms and legs, and pour boiling lead on his wounds.
    Oh, an execution’s dandy, when the Jacquerie is handy.
    The nobility’s got to go! Blood will flow, blood will flow, blood will flow!”

    I don’t know whether the German word you want exists. But given the way German words can be endlessly concatenated, it should be possible to create one. I’ll work on it.

  • Your AI software thinks I’ve already posted this. Well, I haven’t.

    My favorite Christmas movie is, of course, “Gremlins”. It’s nasty. Second-favorite is “The Bishop’s Wife”, which avoids the saccharine Catholicism of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

    As for songs… I have maybe 150 Christmas albums, with their own place in my collection (and a five-disk changer). “Green Chri$tma$” isn’t a song, but it contains the following nasty slap at toothpaste and cigarette advertising…

    MARVIN MILLER: Sayyyy, Mother, as sure as there’s an X in Christmas, you can bet those are Tiny Tim Chestnuts roasting. Tiny Tim chestnuts are full-bodied… longer lasting! This visible shell [klunk] protects the nut! Now with XK 29 added, for people who can’t roast after every meal.
    JUDD CONLYN’S RHYTHMAIRES: Tin-ee Tim! Tin-ee Tim! Chestnuts all the way!
    MARVIN MILLER: Tiny Tim’s roast hot… like a chestnut ot! And… they are
    (echo) mild, mild, mild, mild…

  • Just listen to the Next Track, Episode #82 – Let It Snow. I have a number of Christmas albums, some 184 in total, some 100 being of instrumentals versions, loaded to iTunes. I am an instrumental fan and love Instrumental with a toe tap to it. My favourite artist is James Last. I have 4 of his albums in my Christmas collection. Yes I do have some quirky albums like A Dogs Christmas by the barking dogs, Crazy Hits Crazy Christmas Edition by Crazy Frog. I became obsessed by a instrumental version of Frosty the Snowman by the Golden Strings. So I created an album of various artist singing and playing Frosty the Snowman songs. It has 30 tracks of Frosty the snow man songs. How many times can you listen to a album of one particular song before you say turn it off? There is some good instrumental albums I have, like; The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas by Frank De Vol and the Rainbow Strings, Christmas Panpipes by Ray Hamilton Orchestra, Christmas Becomes Electric by The Moog Machine. I have a rare album from Westminster Cathedral Choir, 1968 version, I transferred from my vinyl LP album to iTunes. It has a track, Fantasia on Christmas Carols where the Cathedral organ plays the trumpet during the track. I love this track, being one of my favourites versions. I created a album of Ian’s Favourites, it has 27 tracks. From all the albums I have, I picked out my favourites tracks. So when does one start playing these albums? For me it is when I start making my Christmas Cakes and Puddings. I love to cook and this ritual starts mid November each year where each album is played once through to the end of the 12 days of Christmas on 6 January.

  • At least there is a large number of Christmas songs. As you mentioned in the podcast, the number of songs for or relating to other holidays is minimal. In mid-October we took our two young granddaughters to a theme park designed for children. Piped throughout the park all day long was Halloween music. I can’t tell you the number of times I heard “Monster Mash” and “Werewolves of London” …

  • I have 2.1 days of Christmas music in iTunes (I’m still a dinosaur who buys CDs). A few of my favorites:

    – An Oscar Peterson Christmas
    – Ray Charles’ The Spirit of Christmas (It has the only version of Little Drummer Boy that I can stomach)
    – Happy Holy Days by 11 Acorn Lane
    – Charlie Brown Christmas, of course
    – Christmas Wish by NRBQ

    And then there are Sufjan Stevens’ ten Christmas EPs. How does one sum these up? They are sometimes baffling, sometimes absolutely beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking.

    I sing in a choir and also in a quartet that performs Christmas music as a fundraiser for the choir. So I was not only hearing Christmas music in September, I was singing it!